Friday, May 04, 2018

Grade Two: Narrative Sculpture

Second graders recently created narrative collages based upon favorite stories, but what about narrative sculpture? How do artists take a three-dimensional form and transform into an object with a life of its own?

Students were guided through a discussion about the element of form, and how it differs from the element of shape. They were then shown and asked to identify examples of three-dimensional forms: sphere, cube, prism, cone, etc. Students discussed how these forms can be seen and recognized in examples of sculpture, such as Constantin Brancusi's The Kiss. Students were led to notice that which may have started out as a simple form, was later turned into a sculpture with meaning.

Second graders were instructed to begin their clay sculpture with a three-dimensional form appropriately chosen to best fit their idea. From there, they could pinch, carve and shape the clay, as well as add details. Once dry, the sculptures were painted.